It’s a beautiful day in the desert, so I decide I am going to spend a few nights in the Desert. I really love it out there. On a clear night with a light breeze and mild night temps makes it a perfect time to do that. I can Star gaze and have a Bonfire with myself or with a close friend makes it special listening to the night. Sometimes I get to hear an Owl or the Mocking bird. Although the Mocking Bird can be annoying, because they Mock all nite long… I need quite to sleep, so I get a little sleep especially during the summer months. But they are not here yet. In the near distance you can here the Coyotes greeting each other and howling just because they can. Truly a lovely song they sing. Then there is the absolute quiet. So peaceful, so delicious. I love it.
So, I buy a tent because the one I have is in NY at my sons. I get a couple of others things for the campsite. I go home and make fruit salad and get water for the night.
I know where I am setting up camp, so off I go.
I get my stuff unloaded and start to get the site ready for the tent, move rocks and pebbles that may be in my way and put a tarp down, then out comes the tent. The tent is new so it takes time to get it up after I finally find the directions. For a minute I almost thought there were none, a bit scary since it has been years since I put one up. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to finally get everything the way I want it. I sit down and am happy with the tent, I realize that was a challenge but I did it. So, I realize I am hungry and fruit isn’t going to cut it. The time is now 5:30 pm. I better get a move on to get dinner, the sun will be setting in 2 hrs. I get in the car and leave, I can see a early model Ford Bronco coming so I move over to let it pass. I have a funny feeling in my stomach, so I turn around and go back to my campsite, I pull in and see the Bronco backed up to my tent. There are 2 guys, one is already unzipping my tent, while the other one stays in the Bronco,mind you this all happens in a 40 seconds. The one unzipping comes over and I say what are you doing? I can tell already he is using some form of drug. He says he goes around to campsites to clean up what is left behind after the campers leave. So, I say as you can see the campsite is clean, but what are YOU doing unzipping my tent???? I am in the car, we are talking through the open windows and again he says people leave soiled diapers and such and again, Why are you going into my tent then? I tell him that this My personal property and he has no right to be in this campsite unzipping and trying to enter my tent. Mind you, he is ” Not” a Forest Service employee. I look at him and say I would not do this to you. He said a couple of other things and then says I can’t leave because you are in my way. I’m thinking what Nerve this person has. To think he has the right to invade campsites and feel he has the right to take what he wants. I backout so he can leave. I pull over again and say to myself, Now I don’t feel secure here, so I go back and take the tent down and pack everything back in the car. I figured they could return since I was alone. Just wasn’t my time to be in the desert at that time.
What the HELL! Damn it. I leave and then I get angry, then grateful because I followed my intuition. No camping out tonite. I was so looking forward to being out there. Another time.
I did report him to to Forest Service, hopefully they will get him. Sad to think he needs to resort to stealing and lying. I don’t wish them any harm, I hope some day they both understand that they are really taken care of, if only they truly believed it, their life would change.
I have already forgiven. We are all taken care. They are as well, because I could have been somebody else and it could have ended poorly for all. Instead it ended peacefully, not happy but peacefully.
Journey well Brothers and Sisters. All my love. Angelina